New York | 1h 10m | Already closed

Humorously Horrendous Haunted Hideaway (FringeNYC)

From 3 critic and 13 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Quirky

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: Do you dare spend a night at the Haunted Hideaway!?! Spooky Sounds! Frightening Fun! Featuring... spine-chilling stories of relentless banality and heedless children! You've never been scared 'til you've been scared in Natural Vision 3-D. In thrilling full color! More…

Categories: Puppetry, Comedy, Local. From Playlab NYC. Written by Kevin P. Hale. Directed by Kevin P. Hale.

Playlab NYC is proud to present Humorously Horrendous Haunted Hideaway as part of the 20th Annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. We are thrilled that this will be our fifth presentation at FringeNYC, and Playlab NYC will bring back our love of puppetry and puns. Haunted Hideaway is created for anyone who adores classic children's television and local Shock Theater horror hosts.

Haunted Hideaway is a hangout comedy built around life in the "Haunted Hideaway." Join us as two friends, Ernest Headstone and Ima Knotgoth tell stories, meet guests, and indulge in silly stunts with regular characters, both human and puppets. What transpires is a fast-paced hour of frightening fun that includes stories of relentless banality and heedless children as well as featuring sounds and stories of the supernatural.

1h 10m | Already closed | 64E4 MAINSTAGE (East Village)

DC Metro Theater Arts

“If you’re a fan of the fright genre and nostalgic for classic Saturday morning TV shows for kids, ‘Hideaway’ will have you screaming with laughter! The one-hour parody is filled with funny faux fear, loaded with lots of alliteration, and punctuated with preposterous puns and witty word plays with macabre meanings...The fun and frights are supported by a devilishly delicious design...Sound by Jeanne E. Travis and lighting by Jennifer Linn Wilcox are appropriately hair-raising.” Full Review


"It's welcome that 'Hideaway' doesn't try to be more than it is: a compendium of playful segments, clever visual tricks, and silly jokes. There are no hidden meanings or artificial complexities, and the intermingling of horror and children's television tropes is a good deal of fun...The segments themselves maintain a healthy pace and integrate diverse material...By the end, the premise has started to wear a bit thin, but the amusing 'Hideaway' is a certainly a nice stop for a quick visit." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Not all plays require a deep, complex script as the main source of their entertainment value. 'Hideaway' relies less on plot and more on short films, puppetry, and props…The many props used throughout 'Hideaway' are well-crafted, and it's enjoyable to watch them being used…Despite Hideaway's strong aesthetics, more could have been done regarding the plot character development. That said, while the show is hardly a theatrical masterpiece, it certainly is fun." Full Review

Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You have a sense of humor of the tried and true variety. Example: painting with a severed body part is referred to as finger painting.

Don't see it if You are afraid of a rabbit puppet

Clever, Entertaining, Punny, Quirky, Delightful

See it if you like horror hosts and puns - good for kids 8-10+

Don't see it if puns make you cringe -

Clever, Ambitious, Funny, A scary saturday morning show for kids and adults

See it if you like Saturday morning horror movies

Don't see it if you dont have a sense of humor

Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if you like horror hosts, nostalgia, quick pace, puppets, puns, and tongue twisters. Not a FringeJr. show but still ok for kids 10ish+

Don't see it if you're looking for something serious or actually scary

Quirky, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you have nostalgia for old children's TV, you want to see a little puppetry, and you have an appetite for pun-based humor.

Don't see it if the idea of puns shoehorned into basically every line horrifies you. Also don't expect a ton of puppetry; it's only a minor component.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if awesome

Don't see it if it's a must see

Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Hilarious, Fun

See it if you like to have FUN. The two actors are great at delivering puns and take you on a rollercoaster of laughs with each other and the puppets.

Don't see it if you want something serious. If you don't like old horror hosts shows or weren't a fan of Scooby Doo mystery solving growing up.

Great staging, Fluffy, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if It's very fun. At the end of the day it is very entertaining and fun to watch.

Don't see it if If you don't like having fun.

Funny, Quirky, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Family friendly-if your family likes clever spooky humor, a fun romp in a haunted house

Don't see it if funny sppoookkkyy humor makes you run away

Entertaining, Funny

See it if It wasn't what I expected but still very punny.

Don't see it if You want to see a show that takes itself seriously.

Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying, Edgy, Delightful

See it if You're ever able to! It's worth it and you will see over and over.

Don't see it if You are skiddish

Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy horror TV hosts, spooky puns and a mix of mystery radio theatre and funny spooky campfire tales.

Don't see it if you want to see something serious, don't enjoy puns or if you didn't like to have fun Halloween times as a kid.

Spooky, Cheesy, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you have a nostalgic soft spot for Captain Kangaroo and Disney's Haunted Mansion.

Don't see it if you are looking for an angst filled drama, politically charged satire, or Shakespeare.